Summer has officially arrived in South Georgian Bay, and with it comes an array of farmers' markets that offer the community an opportunity to support local producers and savour the taste of farm-fresh flavours all season.
There are a number of different markets across the region that showcase the area’s harvest while providing a space for talented farmers, artisans, food vendors, and more to connect with the community.
Here are some of the local farmers' markets open this summer:
Collingwood Farmers’ Market
The Collingwood Farmers Market, located in the Pine Street parking lot in Collingwood, is a hub for all things local and fresh. Every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., approximately 65 vendors set up their stalls offering a diverse selection of produce, meats, baked goods, and crafts. Visitors can purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables, pick up handmade soaps and candles, and indulge in treats.
“It’s been very busy, much busier than last year,” said Sam Ball, the manager of the Collingwood Farmers’ Market. “People are even more comfortable gathering now than last year. It looks like it did before COVID.”
Ball said both vendor and visitor numbers are back to pre-pandemic levels, and the feedback has been exceptional so far.
“The ability to purchase local products and lend support to the number of small businesses in our community is amazing,” said Ball. “It’s great to see it back to how it used to be.”
Wasaga Beach Farmers’ Market
Embracing the spirit of beach life, the Wasaga Beach Farmers’ Market offers a more unique shopping experience for locals and visitors alike. Located at the Oakview Woods Gazebo on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., this market brings together a range of vendors from the South Georgian Bay region. Shoppers can find an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, locally made crafts, unique culinary creations, and more.
Thornbury Farmers Market
Located along Highway 26 in the other direction is the Thornbury Farmers’ Market. Taking place every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., this market showcases a range of locally sourced products. From organic vegetables and farm-fresh eggs to homemade preserves and handcrafted jewellery, market goers will find a selection of treasures to suit every taste.
Victoria Traversa, a Clarksburg resident who works in Collingwood, attempts to hit up both markets whenever possible.
“The atmosphere of the markets is amazing,” said Traversa. “They have everything I need — fresh local produce, amazing artisan treats, and the best part is the sense of community you feel when you're there. It's such a great way to support our local farmers and connect with vendors.”
Creemore Farmers’ Market
For those seeking more of a rural market experience, the Creemore Farmers’ Market is the place to be. Located in the charming village of Creemore, this market operates every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visitors can explore an assortment of vendors offering an abundance of seasonal produce, locally raised meats, fresh-baked goods, and much more.
New this year are more ready-to-eat food options with the hopes of encouraging people to come out with their loved ones, grab lunch and make a day of it.
Helen Martin, past president of the Creemore Farmers’ Market, said they haven’t quite reached pre-pandemic numbers, but they average about 20 vendors each week that all provide a very unique offering.
“Things at the market are less travelled and less touched,” said Martin. “They are right from our community.”
Still Fields Brewery Farmers’ Market
Adding a touch of craft beer to the farmers' market scene, the Still Fields Brewery Farmers’ Market in Meaford offers a fusion of local produce and brews.
Taking place on the third Thursday of every month from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., this market provides an opportunity to sip on local beers while perusing a variety of vendors selling everything from farm-fresh produce and baked goods to handmade crafts and more.
Currie’s Farm Market
For those seeking farm-fresh goodies on a daily basis, Currie's Farm Market blends the charm of a traditional farm with the convenience of a market. Located just outside of Collingwood, this family-owned market operates daily, featuring a haven for fresh, locally grown produce. From strawberries and corn to pumpkins and apples, the market showcases an impressive range of seasonal offerings every day until Christmas.
“When I am away one weekend or can’t make it to any of the markets, I always stop by Currie’s to pick up whatever I need for the week,” said Traversa. “I count down the days until they are open every spring.”
With the number of Farmers' Markets across South Georgian Bay, residents and visitors have no shortage of opportunities to support local producers, connect with the community, and bring farm-fresh goodness to their tables.